Organized Crime

Mexican businessman pleads guilty in 1995 cartel drug trafficking case

Mexican businessman pleads guilty in 1995 cartel drug trafficking case

A Mexican businessman extradited to the U.S. 20 years after being charged with orchestrating shipments for the Sinaloa drug cartel pleaded guilty Wednesday in San Diego federal court to cocaine trafficking charges.

Antonio Reynoso Gonzalez, 72, also known as “El Ingeniero” or “the Engineer,” faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years for conspiracy to import cocaine and possession with the intent to distribute. Prosecutors, however, have agreed to recommend a sentence of about eight years, asking the judge to take into consideration Reynoso’s age, health and acceptance of responsibility, among other factors.

Reynoso was one of 23 people...

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